Christian long-agers allow billions-of-years notions about the past to dictate what they believe Genesis means. But they are in a bind if they wish to be consistent. This is because they accept the secular view of billions of years in the past, so, logically, they are stuck with secular long-age notions about the future. However, such long-age ideas of the future are just as contrary to what the Bible says as are long-age ideas of the past.
Referring to the future, the Bible says not just that ‘the heavens will disappear with a roar’ and ‘by fire’ (2 Peter:3:10–12), but that God ‘will create new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells’ (2 Peter:3:13; cf. Isaiah:65:17; Revelation:21:1). So how long do progressive creationists, theistic evolutionists and other long-age Christians allow God to create the new heavens and the new earth, if they insist that it took Him billions of years to produce the present heavens and the present earth?
--Russell Grieg (Born 1927, New Zealand chemist, missionary, writer for Creation Ministries International).